On the definition of a diplomat

On the wildly unbalanced extradition treaty between the UK and the US:

But a spokesman for the US embassy in London said: \”We think the treaty is fair and balanced.

\”We consider it fair and balanced and reflects a mature law enforcement based on trust and respect.\”

A diplomat is someone sent abroad to lie for their country. That gentleman is being very diplomatic there.

3 thoughts on “On the definition of a diplomat”

  1. Don’t let Pandragon see this, but I am reminded of…

    If a lady says “No”, she means “maybe”
    If a lady says “Maybe”, she means “Yes”
    If a lady says “Yes”, she is not a lady.

    If a Diplomat says “Yes”, s/he means “maybe”
    If a Diplomat says “Maybe”, s/he means “No”
    If a Diplomat says “No”, s/he is not a Diplomat.

    🙂

  2. “A diplomat is someone sent abroad to lie for their country”: no, no, fucking no! It’s a subtle joke not a crude insult. “A diplomat is someone sent to lie abroad for their country.” Geddit?

  3. What dearieme said. Hear, hear, fucking hear! (Not ‘here, here,’ which one sees a lot nowadays, and which is as annoying as the near-ubiquitous misquotation of Henry Wotton.)

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